If you read the blog The Wednesday Chef, I’m sure you’ve heard blogger Luisa Weiss’ book My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (my Amazon Associates link) was published last month. I had actually never been to her website, but after reading about this book, I ordered a copy out of curiosity.
I was very disappointed in the last food-blogger-turned-memoir-writer’s book I read, but My Berlin Kitchen restored my faith. I could not put this book down. She brings all these delicious scenes from foreign countries to life, so you feel like you’re right there with her in Berlin/New York/Italy, etc. As a girl with dual citizenship living in a third country, Weiss’ story really spoke to me. I could relate to her struggles of not knowing where home really is, yet longing for it at the same time, and how food can transport you to another time and place when you’re feeling homesick. I highly recommend this My Berlin Kitchen.
There’s a also good selection of international recipes in the book that correspond to each chapter of her life. She talks about the best Niçoise Salad that she ever had, so I decided to try that recipe out out. The only problem was that I’ve never had a Niçoise Salad. Cooking a dish that you’ve never seen nor eaten is like taking a yoga class for the first time when the teacher isn’t demonstrating any moves. You’re being told what to do, but you’re not quite sure how it works or what it should look like. I don’t know if my salad came out right–it wasn’t irresistible. But it was tasty nonetheless. I liked the fact that there was so much going on on my plate and that the vegetables weren’t raw. Can’t wait to try the rest of her recipes!